Christmas Edition 12/25-27/09

SANTA CLAUS

YES, VIRGINIA: A young girl asks the Star-Ledger about Santa Claus, and the editor says he lives — in New Jersey! [PolitickerNJ]

He exists as certainly as corruption and property taxes and high auto insurance rates exist.

Alas! How dreary would be the world if there were no Santa Claus and if he didn’t live in New Jersey. It would be as dreary as if there were no Atlantic City casinos or the Jersey Shore to make tolerable this existence…

Not believe in Santa Claus! You might as well not believe in double-dipping pensioners!…

You may tear apart the baby’s rattle and see what makes the noise inside, but there is a veil covering the unseen world which not the strongest man, nor even the united strength of all the labor unions could tear apart. Only faith, fancy, poetry, love, romance, can push aside that curtain.

Or, if you palm the right guy a $20 bill, the curtain is moved. No questions asked…

A thousand years from now, Virginia, nay, ten times ten thousand years from now, he will continue to make glad the heart of childhood. But at some point, he’ll retire to Florida.

THE ORIGINAL: Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. Reposted on Seth Lipsky’s NY Sun Website; originally published in the NY Sun on Sept. 21, 1897.

He exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist, and you know that they abound and give to your life its highest beauty and joy. Alas! how dreary would be the world if there were no Santa Claus! It would be as dreary as if there were no Virginias. There would be no childlike faith then, no poetry, no romance to make tolerable this existence.

REAL SANTA: St. Nicholas lived in a not-so-jolly time. Here’s what he might have looked like.[Politics Daily]

IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE: An oustanding music video.

HOLIDAY HACKERS: 11th hour troubles for Amazon and Wal-Mart. [All Things Digital]

BIBLICAL ADVICE: Tips for troubled economic times. [AP via Washington Post]

For two years, [Bob] Vigliotti, 58, battled depression as he bled $1 million cash. But Vigliotti said just when he thought there were no answers, he found them in the Bible: debt reduction, simpler living and, most of all, faith that God would provide what he needed. Vigliotti won’t buy on credit now, is selling his pricey vehicles and is looking to downsize to a condo.

“The angst, anxiety and the depression is gone, and that’s huge,” Vigliotti said. “[The Bible’s words] are alive today, and not just history book words.”

Depending on your view, the Bible is divinely inspired or a collection of tall tales. But many see it as a source of financial wisdom that transcends individual faith and the centuries between when it was written and today’s tough times.

CHRISTMAS LOGOS: Spicing up a corporation’s identity. [Mashable]

30 FOR E&P? January issue — possibly the last for 125-year-old mag — goes to press. If there’s really a Santa Claus, maybe he’ll deliver enough cash to keep the mag alive. [Editor & Publisher]

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